Ravel's Boléro, Debussy's Ibéria,
& other French works inspired by Spain
No country has fallen under the Iberian influence more than the peninsula's neighbor across the Pyrenees: France. Time and again, French composers have been fascinated by the soundscape of Spain--and NSO Music Director Christoph Eschenbach brings four of their works to this eclectic program. Emmanuel Chabrier celebrates the charms of Spain in España, Édouard Lalo's Symphonie espagnole features the NSO debut of "captivating" Spanish violinist Leticia Moreno, hailed for her "exalted lyricism and expressivity" by El País (Spain). Claude Debussy's Ibéria is a soaring symphonic journey from his musical travelogue Images. And Maurice Ravel's passionate ballet score Boléro uses different instruments to steadily crescendo its famous theme to a rambunctious, full-orchestra climax.
Natasha Bogachek, NSO violin, on Lalo's Symphonie espagnole:
"One of my earliest childhood musical memories is a recording of Lalo's Symphonie espagnole--this is when I fell in love with the violin. I was fascinated by all the dazzling Spanish rhythms. To this day, the work brings me great joy and excitement whenever I get to hear or accompany it."
Performance Timing: Part One - 43 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 35 min.
Program and Notes
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David and Alice Rubenstein are the Presenting Underwriters of the NSO.
The NSO Music Director Chair is generously endowed by Roger and Vicki Sant.
Additional support for these performances is provided in part by an award from the
National Endowment for the Arts.
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Presented in cooperation with the governments of Portugal and Spain
His Majesty King Don Juan Carlos
Festival Leadership Committee
Rui Machete, Portuguese Minister of State and Foreign Affairs
José Andrés, Natalia and Carlos Bulgheroni, Helen Lee Henderson, Amalia Perea Mahoney,
Former President Felipe González Márquez, The Honorable Luis Alberto Moreno, and
David M. Rubenstein
Ambassador Elizabeth F. Bagley, Natalia and Carlos Bulgheroni,
Amalia Perea Mahoney and William Mahoney, and David and Alice Rubenstein
Additional support is provided by Abengoa, Logoplaste,
The Honorable and Mrs. Thomas F. McLarty, III, and Repsol.
International Programming at the Kennedy Center is made possible through the generosity of the
Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.
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